Outlander star explains that huge book departure; look ahead to Episode 7

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WARNING: Spoilers from “A. Malcolm” and Diana Gabaldon’s book Voyager follow.

Sunday night’s "Print Shop" episode of Outlander finally reunited Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) after 20 years apart, introduced viewers to the now-adult Fergus (César Domboy) and Jamie’s beloved nephew Young Ian (John Bell), and featured a huge departure from the books.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s book series were stunned when Jamie confessed to Claire right off the bat that he had a son named William and showed her a miniature of his offspring. In Voyager, on which Season 3 is based, the scene actually takes place much later in the story when Jamie and Claire find themselves in Jamaica where they meet with Lord John Grey (played by David Berry) who has been appointed Governor.

It’s actually John who first reveals to Claire that Jamie has a secret son before Jamie himself comes clean to his wife. It’s also in Jamaica that Jamie receives the miniature from Lord John’s hands and where Claire finds out that Grey is gay and has the hots for her hubbie. Since all those reveals are neatly tied-in together, how will that now play out when that particular episode airs?

Balfe spoke to TV Line about the early reveal, saying “That’s probably the biggest departure we made this season.” She also went on to explain the writers made the choice to change the timing because “they felt that maybe it wasn’t believable that Jamie wouldn’t tell her everything. I think it fits very well in that scene where Claire is sharing about Brianna, that Jamie would at that point want to share that he has a son. It ended up working very beautifully in that scene. It becomes about the children, their legacy and what they’ve created in this world.”

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Balfe also recently spoke to SYFY WIRE about Jamie and Claire’s big (and very sexy) reunion scene. “It was a lot of conversations with [writer] Matt (Roberts). When we were talking about it, we all didn't want it to be the classic romance novel moment. We wanted to play with it like they were two teenagers again and do some mirroring to “The Wedding” episode.

Even though they've never forgotten about each other, they don't really know each other, so there's a process of discovery. They aren't quite sure what to do with their bodies or their words. I think that lends a realism to it.”

Starz has released four new images from next week’s episode titled “Creme de Menthe” which sees Claire put her life and that of Jamie’s on the line when she chooses to follow her conscience as a surgeon, while Jamie also tries to evade the Crown. 

What do you guys think of the changes made for "A. Malcolm"? Check out the new pics, and chime in with your thoughts.

(via TV Line)